The Consumer Attitude Survey was commissioned by the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA), which represents franchised car and commercial vehicle retailers across the UK, and executed by Public Knowledge, a leading market research agency. This is the seventh edition of the survey, which polled 2,000 consumers across the UK in a 15-minute online survey. The main objectives are to understand the profile of consumers in the UK and their perceptions of the different aftersales servicing providers in the UK.
Franchised dealers scored extremely highly when consumers were asked who they think would be safest to get their car serviced by. 66% of respondents thought franchised dealers are the safest compared to 25% for independent garages and 9% for high street national chains. Perceptions of safety provided by franchised dealers are driven by an association with relevant technical equipment (74%) and specialist expertise in the type of work required for the vehicle (64%).
In addition to scoring highly for safety, franchised dealers are the most trusted to service all engine types. Levels of trust are very high for hybrid (55%), pure electric, (56%) and plug-in hybrid cars, (55%). These percentages were higher for those who have used franchised dealers over the last two years. Nevertheless, also those who always use independent garages or high street national chains would trust them the most for hybrid (38%) and electric cars (41%).
Sue Robinson, Director of the NFDA, said,“We are pleased with the results of the seventh Consumer Attitude Survey. This year, franchised dealers have scored highly for safety and trust, two fundamental themes in vehicle servicing and retail. What we have also seen is an encouraging gradual improvement in the satisfaction score for franchised dealers. Overall, we are delighted at the performance of franchised dealers in the latest survey and hope that these results continue to improve as a result of valuable feedback received.”